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Spam Virus Phishing Gateways


Published 2007


My goal is to cover all of the elements of a good spam gateway and not to go thru each command in a laundry list fashion. The system to be presented upon is called MailScanner written by Julian Field of South Hampton University. We will walk thru the definition of a solid Linux install with the Debian distro. I will then explain how email is transferred thru the Internet and which components are necessary for creating a successful gateway server. The Mail Transfer Agent to be discussed in detail will be Postfix; other MTAs will be spoken of briefly. Spamassassin configuration will also be discussed in great detail and all of the supporting elements that plugin to extend spam and virus detection. The plugins to be covered will be Clam Antivirus, DCC, Razor, Pyzor, RBLs and SARE. I will also discuss how to properly tie Postfix to an Active Directory network for recipient IDs and why this is necessary. By the end of the presentation I hope to inspire the use of open source spam/virus scanning systems and raise the awareness of open source software in combating spam.

I started in computer programming in 1985 with the Apple II, TRS-80 and Commodore computer line. Through out the 1980s and 1990s I was also involved with several proprietary systems and IBM based computer systems. In the late 1990s I had pursued and attained certification in the field of computer systems.

I currently reside in western Pennsylvania and I am continually pursing education and certification in the field of computers systems. I am currently employed by Pittsburgh Technical Institute as the Network Administrator and oversee a large educational network consisting of 1200 nodes. I am also an Adjunct Instructor for high level certification programs that Pittsburgh Technical Institute teaches. During my employment with Pittsburgh Technical Institute I have acquired many unique skills and practices and continue to do so.


Producer Jon Bohack Buhagiar
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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